Affidavit of Carolyn Parker

NOTE:  The original signed and notarized Affidavit is housed in the Office of the City Clerk, City of Raleigh. It is dated January 27, 2016.

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State of North Carolina
County of Wake
BEFORE ME, the undersigned Notary, ______________________________________________ , on this ___________ day of January, 2016, personally appeared Carolyn Parker, known to me to be a credible person and of lawful age, who being by me first duly sworn, on her oath, deposes and says:

Regarding Street Improvement Petition #1351 – Lorimer Road

Because the changes will impact the usefulness of the frontage I now enjoy, and cost me a substantial amount of money, I believe I had the right to have information about this Petition provided me in a timely manner. I believe I had a right to have a Petition document state clearly the dimensions of sidewalk, setback, and easements etc. required for the project so that an average citizen could see clearly how the project might affect themselves and their neighbors.

I further believe I had a right to transparency in the process and a right to fair play. As one example: There is a small key on the Petition map page. If I read it correctly it states that a number of property owners face no assessment for this project. Yet, in the Petition process designed by the City, their vote counts the same as mine or other property owners who face assessment (one of my neighbors will have to pay more than $10,000). All of the property owners facing no assessment voted for the Petition.

I believe I had a right to be afforded a true forum with my neighbors – where you are provided correct information about the specifics of a project and the specifics of the Petition process before hand – so that you can come together to discuss diverse ideas and to develop expansive thinking.

As it turns out I was kept in the dark for 4 ½ months and given misinformation by the Petitioner.

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Email to City Council (8/27/15, Fred Midness)

August 27, 2015

I am Fredrick Midness. I have lived about half my life (36 years) at 1208 Lorimer Road, located in West Raleigh in the long-established Kentwood neighborhood. My contact information is [xxx] or email [xxx.]  You may contact me directly with any questions, or if you need any additional information in your consideration of Street Improvement Petition #1351.

I am usually home all the time.

In advance of City Council’s consideration of this petition, I am writing to ask that our block of Lorimer Road, from Onslow Road to Garland Drive, be removed from the petition altogether. I and the majority of my neighbors on this block oppose Street Improvement Petition #1351 in its current form. I neither want nor need the proposed road and sidewalk changes—and I certainly don’t want to be made to pay for them, either as property owner or as taxpayer.

I believe that Street Improvement Petition #1351 will do more harm than good by increasing traffic, increasing the speed of such traffic and encourage parking on the street which all together may result in more vehicle accidents.

I agree with the contents of the letter written by Carolyn Parker as it pertains to my block of Lorimer Road.